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MSc Community & Critical Social Psychology

MSc Community and Critical Social Psychology

The Course Programme Structure Staff Profiles Why YSJ ?


Why study Community & Critical Social Psychology?

Community Psychology & Critical Social Psychology focus on understanding psychology in social context, and seek to provide novel perspectives and insights aimed at the achievement of social justice.  York St John’s MSc in CCSP is unique in the UK in offering students the chance to explore these complementary areas within a single degree programme.  If you are interested in approaches to psychology which seek to critique and reconstruct the discipline in such a way as to place the social, cultural and political context at the heart of all that psychologists do then the MSc in CCSP is for you.

The MSc is suitable for students who wish to use it as a stepping stone to either (a) a PhD; (b) a professional doctorate; or (c) employment in related areas (eg social policy, third sector, public sector).


What will I study?

Full-time:  You will take two 30 credit modules per semester, followed by a 60 credit dissertation in the spring and summer.

Semester 1:  Critical Social Psychology; Research Methods.

Semester 2:  Community Psychology: Principles & Practice; Psychological Science:  Perspectives & Practicalities.

Spring/summer:  A dissertation module, in which you undertake and write up an extended research project (with supervision).

Part-time students take one module in each semester in years 1 and 2, and undertake the dissertation in year 3.


Will I get any practical experience?

You will get practical experience of designing and conducting research, as well as the opportunity to undertake a placement involving the design of a community-based intervention.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take a number of different forms, including essays; brief reports; a presentation; a proposal for, and report on, a community intervention; a research proposal and an independent research project.


Staff research interests

The core CCSP teaching team have research interests in a diverse range of areas, including: racism; domestic violence in cross-cultural contexts; attitudes to peace and conflict; diversity and multiculturalism; community-based work placements; the use of peer support groups in community settings; citizenship, welfare and (un)employment; (dis)obedience; values of informed and autonomous decision making regarding health; attitudes towards, and experiences of, migration.  Across the team, we have experience of using a range of qualitative, quantitative and participatory research methods.  For further details, see our CCSP research group webpage.

Teaching on the Psychological Science module is undertaken by academics from across the various research groups within the department, and as such students will have the opportunity to engage with academics with interests in other areas (e.g. cognitive, developmental) in addition to their primary focus on CCSP.  Similarly, teaching on the Research Methods module is undertaken by academics from across the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences.


What resources will I have access to?

You will have access to the full range of resources available at the University, including a suite of psychology laboratories, newly refurbished library and a range of online resources for learning and research.


Can I get involved with departmental activities?

Our postgraduate students are encouraged to play a full part in the life of the department.  Attendance at research seminars and other events is encouraged, and students will be able to get involved with projects in their areas of interest as appropriate.


Graduate destinations

We anticipate that graduates from this programme, which is running for the first time in 2012-13, will pursue doctoral study in psychology or related disciplines, or will seek employment in fields such as social policy, third sector/voluntary sector, or the public sector.


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